PITTSBURGH — The 9-month-old son of former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Ryan Switzer will be moved to a hospital in Boston.
Switzer’s son, Christian, was recently diagnosed with COVID-19 after waking up in his own blood. He was treated for several days at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, where he underwent blood transfusions, surgery and spent time in the intensive care unit before being released on March 9.
Christian was taken back to the hospital after suffering more “significant bleeding,” Switzer tweeted on Saturday, asking for continued prayers.
After another blood transfusion, Christian underwent more tests and a procedure to try to determine the cause of the bleeding. However, no diagnosis was made.
On Tuesday, Switzer said Christian will be transferred to Boston Children’s Hospital after the team there reviews his case and comes up with a plan for what they’re calling a “vascular anomaly” from somewhere in his gastrointestinal tract.
Doctors at UPMC Children’s Hospital are also consulting on the case.
“We have been in contact with UPMC and Boston children’s about Christian’s case. The medical professionals have decided Boston is the place we need to be transferred to continue the search and cause for Christian’s bleeding,” Switzer tweeted.
In a follow-up tweet on Wednesday, Switzer said he and his wife, Gabie, are thankful for all the prayers.
“I also wanted to share Gabie’s and I appreciation for everyone who is lifting our son up in prayer. We know there are so many things everyone could be praying about and the fact you are interceding to God on our son’s behalf is so heartwarming. Here’s to some good news tomorrow,” he wrote.